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Fredrik Härén is an author and speaker on Business Creativity. He has delivered over 1,500 presentations, lectures and workshops in over 50 countries and has inspired hundreds of thousands of business people to become more creative and to look at the world in a new way. He is the author of nine books, including “The Idea Book” that was included in “The 100 Best Business Books of All Time”.
December – Two worlds yet One World
In December I travelled to San Francisco for a one month vacation with my family (After first doing a couple of speeches in Hong Kong.) One of many reasons for the trip to the USA was that I (as the swede I am) wanted my children (who are born and raised in Singapore) to experience snow. We also got to take them to such different places as Yosemite National Park, the great trees of Muir Woods, San Francisco and Disneyland. The picture is from Lake Tahoe. I am thankful to be able to experiencing such different places as Singapore, Hong Kong and USA. Earth is an amazing place with many different cultures, climates and people – and to travel the world to see and experience some of them does – I think – make us more human. I wish you a happy 2015.
The importance of going to new places
The month of November was another international month.
Perhaps the most interesting speeches where for 700 top government officials in Dubai and the partners of KPMG in Saudi Arabia. During those two speeches I got to experience how the world is changing for the better thanks to how we are all learning more about each other.
I posted a video of one interview I did in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with a manager of KPMG who just hired the company’s first female manager.
Crazy Global Month in October
In the month of October alone Fredrik Haren was able to speak to: – Creativity experts in Bangkok, Thailand – Business Managers in KL, Malaysia – Steel Manufacturers in Linz, Austria – Accountants in Saigon and Hanoi, Vietnam – HR managers in Manila, Philippines – Marketing Managers at MINI in London, UK – Global Communication Managers at BMW in Munich, Germany – 4.000 business leaders in Vilnius, Lithuania – and customers of CITI BANK in Shanghai, China.
September: A month of long flights
In September Fredrik Haren was invited to speak in Sweden, Denmark, Australia and Thailand. He spoke for such diverse audiences as accountant, auto executives, and fond managers. Interesting how companies in totally different industries and totally different parts of the world all have an interest in knowing more about the concept of being Truly Global.
How to become a global speaker
Fredrik Haren was invited to speak for the National Speaker Association in Sweden on the topic of “Being a Global Speaker”. Watch it below.
To Reflect about Reflecting
Great ideas comes from combining things we know about. So the more things we see, the more curious we are about different things and the more we travel and explore the world around us the bigger the chance that we can combine those different pieces of inspiration to a new idea. But we also need time to reflect. Because good ideas come when we give ourself time to look inside.
In the last 12 months I have travelled to 30 different countries on 5 continents and spent more time in the air than a commercial airline pilot – all to expose myself to many different cultures, countries, industries and people.
But I have also given myself a total of 5 months off – most recently spending 10 weeks on an island in Sweden just playing with my kids and reflecting on life.
I am convinced that people who give themselves plenty of time to reflect and rest are more successful in being creative – and for sure they are more harmonious and less stressed.
Taking time off to work less coincided with my most busy and successful year as a professional speaker ever – I guess that proves my point in a way.
After ten weeks on an island I am now back in full speed again travelling around the world to speak – full of ideas and ideas.
I hope this post will inspire you to take some time off to reflect about if you are giving yourself enough time to reflect.
I did a short video about the two parts my creative process – Inspiration and Reflection.
Fredrik Haren ON Episode 6: Why Borders are Boring
Fredrik Haren takes a trip to Belgrade Serbia and deals with the need to think outside borders.
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Fredrik Haren ON Episode 5 : Having a Human Perspective
Fredrik traveled to the 4 corners of the world and here is what he learned.
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Fredrik Haren ON Episode 4 : Being a Truly Global Company
Episode 4 of Fredrik Haren ON is about what Fredrik learnt from the CEO of Indo-MIM about why they working on becoming a Truly Global Company.
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Fredrik Haren On Episode 3 : Developing your partners
The 3rd episode of Fredrik Haren ON talks about developing your partners-
insights from what Fredrik learned during his talk for hotel executives in an event hosted by the Singapore Tourism Board.
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